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Power Rankings: Josh Willingham homers his way to the top spot

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Josh Willingham hit four home runs last week to come closer to his All-Star caliber form in 2012.

Josh Willingham enjoyed the best season of his career in 2012 when he hit 35 homers and slashed .260/.366/.524 for the Twins. Injuries limited him to 111 games last year, and they cropped right back up during the first week of the 2014 season. A wrist injury cost him about seven weeks, but luckily for the Twins, he's already making up for lost time.

Willingham homered once in Minnesota's series with Texas, twice against the Yankees, and once in the first of back-to-back two-game series with Milwaukee in just the last week. The power surge helped drive the Twins to a 4-3 record in their last seven games and put Willingham on top of this week's SI.com Fantasy Baseball Power Rankings.

These rankings highlight the 30 best players in fantasy baseball from the previous week, not going forward. This might shine a light on a few players owners may not know about who are on a hot streak, potentially worth picking up to slot into the utility spot for a week or so, or help owners make decisions regarding a trade. All stats are from games played from May 29 to June 4.

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Fantasy Baseball Power Rankings
 
1 Josh Willingham
Recent ranking: N/A
Willingham was a monster for the Twins last week, going 10-for-23 with four homers, 11 RBI and a .567 OBP. Injuries have limited him to 15 games thus far, but he's hitting .304/.459/.587 in 61 plate appearances.
 
2 Anthony Rendon
Recent ranking: Week 4, No. 11
Rendon nearly matched Willingham in the last seven days, going 10-for-23 with three bombs, six RBI and seven runs scored. He's hitting .262/.320/.443 with seven homers and 29 RBI this year.
 
3 Jose Bautista
Recent ranking: Week 4, No. 14
Bautista continues to mash, going 10-for-21 with two homers, seven RBI, seven runs and a .560 OBP last week. He has been a big part of the Blue Jays ascent in the AL East, hitting .310/.439/.552 with 14 homers in 59 games.
 
4 Alex Gordon
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 15
Gordon hit .333 (8-for-24) in the last week, blasting out three homers, driving in seven runs, and swiping one base. He has started to come on of late, and is now hitting .281/.357/.433 for the disappointing Royals.
 
5 Josh Donaldson
Recent ranking: Week 8, No 13
Appearing in the power rankings is becoming a weekly tradition for Donaldson. He went 9-for-26 last week with three homers, eight RBI, seven runs and a .484 OBP. The third baseman is now slashing .278/.370/.537 with 15 homers this year.
 
6 Edwin Encarnacion
Recent ranking: Week 8, No 16
At this point, Encarnacion may never stop hitting home runs. Not even in November. He hit three more in the last week, going 7-for-18 with a .577 OBP. He has a .977 OPS, 19 bombs and 50 RBI this season.
 
7 Hanley Ramirez
Recent ranking: N/A
Ramirez stuffed the box score last week, going 8-for-25 with two homers, eight RBI, two steals, five runs and a .414 OBP. He hasn't been the per-game beast he was last year, though, hitting .257/.338/.463 with nine homers in 240 plate appearances.
 
8 Stephen Strasburg
Recent ranking: N/A
Strasburg was electric in wins over the Rangers and Phillies last week. He allowed just two earned runs in 13 combined innings, surrendering 13 hits and striking out 20 while walking just one.
 
9 Nelson Cruz
Recent ranking: Week 8, No. 11
Cruz hit two more homers in the last seven days to run his league-leading total to 21. He went 9-for-20 with a .500 OBP and drove in seven runs.
 
10 Giancarlo Stanton
Recent ranking: N/A
Beltre got the power bat going last week, going 10-for-23 with three homers, six RBI and a .458 OBP. It took him a while to get going because of an injury early in the season, but he's now hitting .306/.365/.503 with eight jacks in his age-35 season.
 
11 Zack Wheeler
Recent ranking: N/A
Wheeler kicked off his last week by allowing one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts against the Phillies. He followed that up by blanking the Cubs for 6 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and two walks while fanning seven.
 
12 Kyle Seager
Recent ranking: Week 4, No. 6
Seager went 11-for-30 with three bombs, eight RBI and five runs last week. He's hitting .265/.345/.485 with nine homers and 37 RBI this season.
 
13 Yoenis Cespedes
Recent ranking: N/A
Cespedes went just 8-for-27 last week, but he made those hits count. He belted three homers, drove in eight runs and scored six of his own. He's hitting just .250 with a .306 OBP, but he has a .519 slugging percentage and 12 homers.
 
14 Chris Sale
Recent ranking: Week 8, No. 7
Even though he spent more than a month on the DL, Sale is going to be involved in the AL Cy Young discussion. He was dominant in his only outing last week, allowing one run on two hits and striking out nine in a complete game win over the Padres.
 
15 Xander Bogaerts
Recent ranking: N/A
Bogaerts went 11-for-31 with two homers, five RBI, seven runs and a .429 OBP last week. He's swinging a very hot bat and has his slash up to .297/.389/.453 in 244 plate appearances..
 
16 Miguel Cabrera
Recent ranking: Week 6, No. 15
Cabrera went just 6-for-21 last week, but three of this six hits left the yard. Sixes were wild for him, as he also drove in six runs and crossed the plate six times.
 
17 Jon Lester
Recent ranking: Week 5, No. 9
Lester was excellent in his lone start last week, a win over the Rays. He tossed seven shutout innings, striking out 12 while allowing just four hits and a walk.
 
18 Michael Bourn
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 6
Bourn went 9-for-25 with a homer, seven runs, five RBI and a steal last week. His continued lack of steals, however, makes him a tough sell in fantasy leagues. He has just five steals in 40 games this year.
 
19 Roenis Elias
Recent ranking: N/A
Elias stared down the mighty Tigers in his only start last week and notched a complete game shutout, allowing three hits and walk while fanning eight. He has a 3.53 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 1.23 WHIP and 65 striekouts in 74 innings this year.
 
20 Kyle Lohse
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 25
Lohse shut down the Cubs in his only start last week, twiriling a complete game shutout and striking out six while surrendering three hits. He continues to have a great year, posting a 2.60 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 1.00 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 83 innings.
 
21 Madison Bumgarner
Recent ranking: Week 8, No. 24
Bumgarner shut out the Cardinals across seven innings last week, striking out 10 and allowing only four baserunners. He has a 2.85 ERA, 2.62 FIP and 85 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings this year.
 
22 Matt Carpenter
Recent ranking: N/A
Carpenter was an on-base machine in the last week, going 14-for-25 with a .621 OBP. He scored four runs, drove in three and stole a base, as well.
 
23 Billy Hamilton
Recent ranking: Week 3, No. 19
It has been an up-and-down rookie season for Hamilton, but it was mostly up last week. He went 9-for-21 with a .429 OBP, four steals, and four runs scored. He has 22 steals despite a .302 OBP, though it's a bit troubling that a player with his speed has been caught stealing seven times.
 
24 Cody Allen
Recent ranking: N/A
Allen has taken a stranglehold of the Indians' closer role, picking up four saves in the last week. He didn't allow a run or a hit in 4 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking one.
 
25 Brock Holt
Recent ranking: N/A
Holt's playing time will likely be slashed when Stephen Drew is up to speed, but he's making it hard on the Red Sox after going 12-for-32 with a homer, seven RBI and a .429 OBP last week. He's hitting .317/.360/.455 in limited duty, but is better suited to a backup role.
 
26 Sean Doolittle
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 6
Doolittle picked up three saves last week, striking out six batters in four innings. He didn’t allow a run and just one batter reached base against him.
 
27 Yu Darvish
Recent ranking: Week 6, No. 18
The Darvish Show starred in Washington last week, as he shut out the Nationals for eight innings, striking out 12 while allowing five hits and two walks. He has a 2.08 ERA, 2.23 FIP, 1.08 WHIP and 83 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings this year.
 
28 Brandon Moss
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 4
Moss missed a couple games due to calf soreness last week, but he still managed to hit three homers and drive in seven runs. He's slashing .280/.369/.591 with 15 homers and 49 RBI this year.
 
29 Asdrubal Cabrera
Recent ranking: N/A
Cabrera got a lot of mileage out of his six hits last week. He had two homers, six RBI, six runs scored and a steal. His OPS, however, remains a paltry .706.
 
30 Denard Span
Recent ranking: N/A
Span went 11-for-23 with seven runs, a steal and a .500 OBP last week. He's now hitting .284/.326/.395 with eight steals and 34 runs this season.
 

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